A.    The Bible

The Bible is a divinely inspired revelation of God, which came through the agency of man, preserving both a divine and human origin. It is inerrant in the original manuscripts and authoritative on matters of faith and practice. (II Tim. 3:16-17; II Peter 1:21; John 10:35).

B.    The Godhead

There is one God, who eternally exists in three persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each are equal in divine nature and perfect in every way. (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; I Cor. 8:6, John 10:30; Acts 5:3-4).

C.     Mankind

Man was created in the image of God, both male and female reflecting God’s likeness.  Adam, representative of the human race, fell into sin, suffered spiritual death and greatly marred the image of God in man. All mankind has subsequently inherited a sin nature and the consequences of sin.  (Gen. 1:26-27; Rom. 3:10-18,23; 6:23; Eph. 2:1).

D.    Salvation

Because of man’s guilty state, he was incapable of atoning for his sin.  God’s love prompted Him to send Jesus to the earth to die for the sins of the world, offering man forgiveness and salvation solely through faith in Jesus as a free gift.  Because our redemption is based on the grace of God and the work of Christ on our behalf, we and all true believers everywhere, once saved will be kept saved forever. (John 3:16; 5:24; 10:28; 14:6; Eph. 2:8-9; Acts 4:12; 16:31, Heb. 7:25, 1 John 5:13).

E.    Baptism

Baptism illustrates Jesus's death and resurrection (1 Cor. 15:3-4; Col. 2:12). It also illustrates new life as a Christian (2 Cor. 5:17; Romans 6:4). Baptism doesn't make you a believer but shows you already believe. Baptism doesn't save you, only your faith in Christ can do that (Ephesians 2:8-9).